For your enjoyment, i’ve got a rundown of the Black Library News for December. Have a look, and be sure to buy some books before christmas! (remember, you can find them on the TFF Booklist. and some of them at the bottom of this post.)
Black Library News
New and Noteworthy
(Run out and get these new releases out this month!)
Prospero Burns by Dan Abnett
The long awaited companion book to A Thousand Sons is finally unleashed.
Prospero Burns tells the other side of the story that was begun in A Thousand Sons and is a continuation of the Horus Heresy saga. Primarch Magnus the Red of the Thousand Sons Legion has made a catastrophic mistake that endangers the safety of Terra. With no other choice, the Emperor charges Leman Russ, Primarch of the Space Wolves, with the apprehension of his brother from the Thousand Sons home world of Prospero. This planet of sorcerers will not be easy to overcome, but Russ and his Space Wolves are determined to bring Magnus to justice and bring about the fall of Prospero.
Time of Legends: God King by Graham MacNeill.
The final part of the Sigmar trilogy.
God King, by Graham McNeill, is the third book in the Time of Legends series The Legend of Sigmar and tells the early history of Sigmar Heldenhammer. Sigmar, the first emperor, is a peerless leader and unbreakable warrior but in the deserts of Nehekhara a new empire is rising. Nagash, the most feared of the necromancers, seeks dominance over the Old World. Wielding Ghal-Maraz, the fabled dwarf hammer, Sigmar confronts his most dangerous adversary. As Nagash’s legions of unnatural creatures swarm the fledgling Empire, Sigmar must defend the lands of the living from the hordes of the dead.
Horus Heresy: Horus Rising Audio Book.
The first book in the million selling series on five CDs
Horus Rising is an abridged audio book version of the bestselling novel that began the saga of the Horus Heresy. It is the 31st millennium, a golden age of discovery and conquest. On the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the Great Crusade to his favourite son Horus. Promoted to Warmaster, the idealistic Horus tries to carry out the Emperor’s plans but at the same time the seeds of heresy are creeping into the doctrine of the Legions. Dan Abnett describes the Imperium in its pre-Heresy glory and sets events in motion that will bring about its catastrophic fall. Five disks and over six hours of story read by veteran actor Martyn Ellis bring this bestselling book to life
Pawns of Chaos
Long out-of-print, Brian Craig’s warped view of the Warhammer 40,000 universe is now available as a Print on Demand heretic Tome.
In the grim future of Warhammer 40,000 mankind is engaged in an eternal conflict with armies of Chaos. On the medieval world of Sigmatus, the hated Imperium is flexing its power with ruthless efficiency. The rebels have a plan to fight back: summon a powerful daemon from the warp and unleash it upon their enemies!
A new Horus Rising edition
Black Library is happy to announce that we will be producing a five year anniversary edition of the book that started it all – Horus Rising. The new edition will have a new introduction by Dan Abnett. Even if you have the original edition you will want this anniversary edition.
Some Black Library Best Sellers from Bookscan
Overall SF Sales
First Heretic #8 on for 7 weeks
Dead Men Walking #12 on for 1 week
Firedrake #29 on for 7 weeks
The Emperor’s Finest #33 on for 1 week
The Emperor’s Finest #9 on for 1 week
Sabbat Worlds Crusade #25 on for 10 weeks
Chapters Due #44 on for 26 weeks
The Purging of Kadillus
This is the next instalment of the bestselling Space Marine Battles series.
The Purging of Kadillus is a well know battle amongst Games Workshop fans and features some of the iconic figures in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The Dark Angels underestimate the threat of an ork invasion on Piscina IV and they swarm toward Kadillus Harbour. It is left to Captain Belial, Sergeant Naaman and their fellow Astares to fight the desperate siege at Kadillus, knowing that they must old out until Imperial reinforcements arrive or the planet will be lost.
Sword of Vengence
This is the follow-up to the Sword of Justice and the next book in Warhammer Heroes line.
Averland burns. An army of cultists rises in the corrupted city of Averheim. The Grand Theogonist Volkmar marches towards the capital in a race to snuff out the rebellion before it grows too widespread to defeat. Schwarzhelm races to return to the site of his recent battles, as does the spy Pieter Verstohlen, evading assassins while trying to discover the truth of the conspiracy that drew him away. Out in the wilderness is Kurt Helborg, Grand Marshal of the Reiksguard. Only he has the indomitable strength of will to hold together the province in its hour of need. Only he can rally the terrified citizens of Averland to resist the infernal powers that beset them.
Thunder & Steel
Dab Abnett fantasy novels long out of print are available again in one big volume
Dan Abnett has sold over 1.2 million books in English. Thunder & Steel packages the novels Riders of the Dead, Gilead’s Blood and Hammer of Ulric, several short stories and a graphic novel in one big volume of fantasy goodness. Across the Old World, the powers Chaos seek to bring corruption and death, poisoning the minds of men and filling them with hatred and fury. From Empire soldiers marching to war across the bleak northern wastes, to a lone elf fighting a one-man war for vengeance and the mighty White Wolves, battling against the many foes that besiege Middenheim this novel explores Warhammer Fantasy from all angles.
The latest audio drama is by SF veteran author George Mann.
The world of Idos is on the verge of destruction, wracked by catastrophic storms and plagued by ravening tyranids. Into this maelstrom come the Raven Guard 4th Company, the warzone perfectly suited to their lightning-strike methods of combat. Led by Veteran Sergeant Grayvus, their mission is simple – to rescue the planet’s last survivors. Grayvus and his company must fight their way through genestealers and a deadly biomorph if they are to succeed and reclaim Idos for the Imperium.
Listen to the first chapter of the audio version of Horus Rising on the digital section of the website.
On the blog we have an exclusive extract from Rob Sanders contribution to the Horus Heresy Anthology, Age of Darkness due in May 2011.
Keep an eye on our website for specials, interviews and downloads. You can also follow us on facebook and Twitter.
The new Ultramarines movie has been delayed till December, but that doesn’t take away from the great stuff in it – Space Marines. We have the original Ultramarine novels – The Ultramarines Omnibus, Chapter’s Due and Courage and Honour. That is just for starters; check out our website for other great Space Marine themed novels.
Here is a list of some of the events The Black Library will be attending in 2011.
BL Live – Nottingham, UK – March 5
Adepticon – Lombard, IL – April 1-3
Book Expo America – New York, NY – May 23-26
Games Day US – Chicago, IL – July 30
UK Games Day – Birmingham, UK – Late September
Australian Games Day – Fall 2011
and that’s it for the news from BL for the month of December, be sure to check the TFF Booklist for all of the items listed here, except the audio dramas and POD titles, since those are only available from the Black Library website. )